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Hall of Fame coach returning to Central

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Hartman to again lead Eagles’ golf team

By Don Worthington

When Chuck Hartman retired as Central High School’s golf coach, he said he had done everything he wanted to do.
In 26 years as the school’s golf coach, his teams qualified for the state tournament each year, won 19 regional titles and were state champions six times.
His team’s consistency helped earn Hartman a place in the South Carolina Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame. He is the only golf coach in the hall.
“I didn’t miss it, I’d done the things I wanted to do,” Hartman said recently of his decision to retire.
Apparently, however, there are more things to do for the 64-year-old Hartman.
He is returning as Central’s golf coach.
It was the sons of his former players that helped convince Hartman to unretire.
He had recently been giving junior golf clinics at the White Plains Country Club in Pageland.
“I saw a good group of kids and I’ve become attached to them,” Hartman said.
“We have some great parents, great support from the school and the boosters. White Plains Country Club has also been supportive. Hopefully, we can be among the best golfers in South Carolina,” he said.
It will take more than support, Hartman said. The team needs more golfers who want to work to be good.
It takes four things to become a good golfer, Hartman said: a teacher, clubs that fit the player, lots of practices and “playing in as many tournament as possible.”
While the high school golf is a spring sport, players need to be playing year round, he said.
There will be a team meeting Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. at the White Plains Country Club for those wanting to join the high school team. Middle school students are eligible for the team. Parents are also asked to attend that meeting.